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Trump: C’mon, let’s boycott the NFL

“Red-state populism versus football” is a fun, unexpected cultural match-up. Criticize Trump if you like but don’t you ever pretend he’s not giving us the best bread-and-circuses. Really terrific! If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players sto...
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Coming Attractions: Laughing at Communism

(Steven Hayward) If you have a subscription to Amazon Prime, you owe it to yourself to take in their original production “Comrade Detective.” It is a brilliant piece of work, supposedly “found footage” of a Romanian buddy-cop show from the 1980s dubbed into English. It is a wonderful satire of the way a podunk Eastern European nation saw the world in the late stages of the Cold War. Here’s one clip: But I’ve also just come acr...

NFL week 3 open thread

Jazz: Since I’m back to posting the NFL thread I must have done something right last week. After a 4-3 start in week 1, I improved my performance to 6-1 last week bringing me to an early season total of 10-4. (How on Earth did the Giants let me down on Monday night?) Getting a win...

What Else Can You Do?

Brain damage. They all have brain damage. And they’ll likely die from it. Like Aaron Hernandez. Kneeling for CTE NFL players and owners decided to show their disrespect to the flag, law enforcement, and the USA by kneeling during the national anthem. In a foreign country. The president responded by saying the NFL (and the […] ...

“My ways are not your ways”: Sunday reflection

This morning’s Gospel reading is Matthew 20:1–16: Jesus told his disciples this parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vi...

Mueller’s case

(Scott Johnson) Andrew McCarthy devotes his weekly NRO column to the unlimited mandate and prosecutorial tactics of Robert Mueller. The column is “Mueller scorches the earth.” Reviewing the proceedings to date, McCarthy writes: You are forgiven if you can recall only vaguely that supposition about Trump-campaign collusion in Russian espionage ag...

Looking back at “Don’t Look Back”

(Scott Johnson) On Thursday evening Turner Classics Movies played a set of rock documentaries including the TCF premiere of D.A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back (1967). As cinéma vérité, the film captures Bob Dylan on tour in England in 1965, where he had become a pop star. It’s an entertaining film populated by intriguing characters foremost among whom is Dylan himself, of course, but also Dylan’s manager, Albert Grossman, Dylan’s then girl...

The real problem with those new campus sexual assault guidelines

One of the favorite themes of the mainstream media this year is that the Trump administration is “dividing America.” (As if the President were eligible for patent on that idea.) Time Magazine picks up that particular baton this weekend with an article on the new Department of Education gui...

Capitalism Killed the NFL

The game of football, much to my eternal delight, is dying.  For several years now, I’ve been writing about the fact that football, as a professional game, is so exposed, and ...

Sunday Morning Opera: Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the day we’ve been waiting for since early May.  In just a few hours the amazing chandeliers will begin their journey upward, as the house lights begin to dim.  The muffled roar of the audience will fairly quickly turn into silence.  Latecomers will run to their seats.  The conductor will step up, to take control.  The National Anthem will be sung. It will begin. For many of us, our hearts are breaking over who won’t be singing this season, or any ot...

Stephen Curry wants to have it both ways

(Paul Mirengoff) Stephen Curry is a superstar with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. The Warriors received an invitation to the White House, pursuant to the longstanding custom of thus honoring championship sports teams. The Warriors, whose star players and coach are outspoken critics of President Trump, made it known that they were ambivalent at best about visiting the White House. Curr...

The test of a good GOP attack ad: Do the Dems cry “Willie Horton”?

(Paul Mirengoff) This November, Virginia voters will elect a new governor. The Democratic candidate is Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam. The Republican candidate is Ed Gillespie. Northam has been leading in most polls. However, a new survey by Suffolk University finds the candidates tied at 42 percent. Gillespie nearly defeated Sen. John Warner in 2014 despite t...

Chicago’s awesome new soda tax produces predicted results

Last month we looked at the state of the Cook County, Illinois soda tax, passed into law in December of last year. They had barely gotten the sin tax (which affects Chicago primarily) into motion before realizing that ...

Has Free Speech Week at Berkeley been canceled?

The “Free Speech Week” event set to take place at Berkeley starting Sunday has been canceled according to organizers and invited speaker Ann Coulter. However, as of Friday afternoon, Milo Yiannopoulos was still insisting the event was on. First, here’s the cancellation report published early F...

Franco Harris: All American

You might not know about Franco Harris. You might wonder why he’s so unhappy, like many of us are, with the NFL’s anti-American antics lately. But his wonderful heritage tells a lot about why my favorite running back respects America. His dad was an Army soldier. His dad met his mom in Italy during World […] ...

The ridiculous expulsion of Uber from London

In its ongoing battle against the establishment, unions, lobbyists and government cronyism, ride hailing service Uber has faced innumerable challenges, legal battles and attacks. The latest comes to us from across the pond and most of the usual list of suspects are once again involved. In London,...

Some Baltimore teachers finally wise up and take firearms training

Charm City is up to 254 murders this year as of the this morning, though tragically it may be higher by the time you read this considering the way things are going. The new mayor, Catherine Pugh, has actual...

Civil War on the Left, Part 47: Obama, Please Go Away!

(Steven Hayward) We know that black turnout in the last election was down from 2012, when black turnout was actually higher than white turnout. The left screams “GOP vote suppression!,” except that the lower turnout occurred in many instances in cities and states that Democrats control. Maybe the fact that Obama was no longer on the ballot—and Hillary was—might explain why some black voters stayed home (or voted for Trump—he got the highest GOP share of the black vote in ...

Daily Beast: You know who the real hero of Florida after Irma was, right?

Hurricane Irma produced far too many tales of tragedy in Florida (and elsewhere of course) but there were some stories of heroism and success as well. The Daily Beast featured one of the latter this week, ...

Civil War on the Left, Part 47: Obama Please Go Away!

(Steven Hayward) We know that black turnout in the last election was down from 2012, when black turnout was actually higher than white turnout. The left screams “GOP vote suppression!,” except that the lower turnout occurred in many instances in cities and states that Democrats control. Maybe the fact that Obama was no longer on the ballot—and Hillary was—might explain why some black voters stayed home (or voted for Trump—he got the highest GOP share of the black vote in ...